2017 Hockey Season – Preliminary Finals

Getting even closer to the end of the hockey season, and the excitement is building, with our teams keeping the crowds entranced right to the end.

Under 14

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 2-1

Torquay applied great intensity from the first whistle and they had more possession of the ball early in the game. Jamie had a hit from the top of the D in the first minutes which was wide, but overall both teams were evenly matched. Charley gave a great pass off to Harry who weaved through the Torquay defence to score a goal.

The rest of the first half was a tough slog from both teams. Torquay’s one-on-one defence made it difficult for Spirit to have their usual fast-flowing and passing game. There were short corners awarded to both teams but neither could break through for a goal for the remainder of the half.

At half-time, coaches Carl and Darren asked the team to run hard and to be on the run when we are awarded free hits, and in defence to have our sticks down with knees bent.

Torquay came out firing in the second half and with a good pass deep into attack, they goaled to make the score 1-1. Spirit rebounded with a good pass from Jamie to Will but Will’s reverse-stick hit was defended. Torquay then had a series of short corners, all of which Spirit were able to hold off. When Spirit then went forward, they had a few unlucky misses with Claudia perfectly placed on post to receive a pass from Jamie. Jamie’s hit off a short corner went to Ella but the bouncing ball got away from her. Sam, Will and Grace also had some good play up forward where we had a few short corners. Unfortunately we couldn’t convert, and Will’s hit at goal went wide.

With scores locked at 1-1 after the second half, we went into extra time for a golden goal. Spirit immediately went into attack with Harry drawing the Torquay goalie out very far from goals. Harry was able to get the ball out to Jamie who drew a short corner. Ella delivered the short corner out to Jamie who made no mistake, scoring a goal and putting Spirit through to the Grand Final.

It’s sure to be a great contest against Golden Plains and we hope to see a huge crowd cheering for the U14 Spirit team on Saturday.

Under 17

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 0-4

Torquay used pace and space to create attacks from the beginning of the game, with slick passing to switch the play. Spirit defended valiantly, with Oliver and Hudson cutting off many Torquay attacks and stopping shots at goal. They were well backed up by goalkeeper Max who made many saves. The midfield defence of Caleb, Jemma and Cassidy cleared the ball out of deep defence time and again and sent Spirit toward goal.

Some great through passes by Hudson and Oscar found Miles running hard, picking up the ball and threatening the Torquay defence.  Great positioning and persistence by Harry, Olivia, Brianna and Emily won the ball for Spirit. Their efforts sent the ball into the forward half and there were some promising advances into attack. There were opportunities from good play in the circle but sticks just failed to connect.

Congratulations to Newtown Spirit on a great effort in this hockey season. Bring on 2018.

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Saints 3-1

This was a great game from both teams. Falcons came to play some great hockey, with very good passing, calling and switching the play from one side to the other. This is the type of play the team has been aiming for all this hockey season.

Our first goal came from a variation on a short corner, which Leo scooped into the net and the score was 1-0. Some good running off the ball into space by all the forwards was great to see. There were plenty of attacks from Saints, stopped dead by our goalkeeper, Campbell.

A quick chat at half time and the team were ready to go into the second half with renewed determination. Some great running by Niko earned a penalty stroke, which Sean took, but unfortunately it was saved by the Saints keeper. 10 minutes later, there was another penalty stroke after Tom met with some determined opposition from Saints. Clarke executed successfully and the score was 2-0.

Saints returned to the attack and finished with a goal, 2-1. A quick free hit from Alex to Leo, and passes to Gus, then to Zed got the ball into the circle. A reverse stick hit by Zed under the diving goalkeeper was finished off by Adham who was running to the post, resulting in a fantastic team goal.

A 100% effort by all players, from defence to forward line was fantastic to see, earning the team a well deserved win and passage to the Grand Final. Well done everyone.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 3-2

So we have one more game to go for the hockey season. The Spirit players are playing with great spirit within themselves but they can also see that constructive teamwork is a successful formula. Midfielder Callum McWaters scored the winning goal in the first period of Golden goal time on. A captain’s goal.

The game had been tight, and Torquay had many penalty corners. Many shots were saved by much improved goalkeeper Brodie Birse. Our field goals were set up from defence with skilful link up through midfield and accurate crosses in the scoring circle. This was great work to beat a worthy opponent who deserved to finish on top of the ladder.

Form can be elusive at times. There were moments in the game where doubt could have taken over. However there is a strong work ethic to keep at it. We move on quickly to win the next passage of play. So this was a great effort by all to make the Grand Final. We have now beaten every team in the competition this year.

Relax and enjoy the Grand Final day this week.

 

Grand Finals This Week

Grand Final Day on Saturday September 16 promises to be a very exciting one for Newtown Hockey Club and a great finish to the 2017 hockey season. We have teams participating in 5 of the 7 Hockey Geelong competitions, so come along and cheer them on. The first match starts at 8.15 am with U12 Newtown Rebels on the field, and the last match for the day features the D1 Men Newtown Falcons at 5.30 pm.

Check the fixture here  ……..

2017 Hockey Season – Semi-Finals

The 2017 hockey season has nearly reached its conclusion, and the Club was very proud to have 9 teams participating in the Semi-Finals for the 7 divisions of Hockey Geelong competition.

Kookas

The Kookas games are continuing until the end of term, and will restart again in Term 4.  Tom and Lennie combined really well this week with some great passing and good recognition of who and when to pass the ball to.  Brayden continues to show good ball control skills and is always thinking of ways to outwit his opponent and help his team gain the advantage.

Under 12

Newtown Rebels vs Kardinia 5-0

Newtown Rebels have moved through to the U/12 Grand Final with a 5-0 win over Kardinia.  It was an exciting game with both teams not willing to yield early on.  Eventually Rebels broke through with a fantastic goal from Harry.  Luca was solid at full back, rebounding many of Kardinia’s attacks, and Mai showed plenty of hustle in the last line of defence.  As a sweeper, Harry created numerous attacking opportunities with long, angled passes to team mates ready to pounce and attack, and as always, was dangerous in attack.

When Kardinia had the ball, Imogen and Lachlan placed tremendous pressure on the opposition, creating mistakes and turnovers.  Olivia and Sam provided plenty of drive through the back and middle half of the pitch, penetrating the wall put up by Kardinia with their silky skills.  As they have throughout the season, Basyl and Brandon worked in tandem to move the ball along the right wing, finishing with fast, driving passes to teammates.

In the forward half, Kiah’s work rate was outstanding finishing with one goal to her name, and contributing to several other attempts from passes to her team mates.  Likewise, Adele played an outstanding game, her attack on the ball created several turnovers, which she cleaned up with some excellent passing.  Teijai worked tirelessly in the D and several times unselfishly passed to team mates in better positions, one of which resulted in a sharp goal from Brandon waiting on the post.

It has been amazing to watch the team develop over this hockey season.  Well done to all the Rebels players for making it to the Grand Final!!!

Newtown Strikers vs Bellarine Lightning 1-2

Great season Strikers! Well it was certainly a tough and tense 2nd semi-final that played out to determine who would be playing Kardinia in the Preliminary final next week. Right from the start Bellarine dominated in the centre and Strikers defence were worked very hard to clear that ball out of the danger zone. Unfortunately for Strikers, Bellarine found the gap on 2 occasions giving them a comfortable lead at half time.

Strikers fired up in the second half and it was Bellarines’ turn to work their defence. Rory finally scored a lovely goal to give the Strikers some hope. There were a few narrow misses by the Strikers in the dying minutes of the game and although we finally had the momentum going, time ran out.

The standout players were Rory who put 100% effort into his game, Jack who came close to scoring a number of times and never gave up and Adam who was fearless and ran hard all game. A special mention to Jamie too who did an awesome job as goalie once again.

What a great game to end the 2017 hockey season. We are all so proud of our wonderful, talented team and look forward to seeing them all on the field in the future.

Under 14

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 1-3

Spirit were favourites for this match coming off last week’s 10-1 win against Golden Plains. With a Grand Final spot on the line, nerves were high. We were bolstered with the return of Amelia and Max, but Jamie and Grace were away.

Golden Plains started well early and with an extra fast attacker since last week, they spent a lot of the first half in attack. This forced Spirit to do more switching in the back half which they executed well. Half-way through the first half Golden Plains were able to get the ball clear to one of their fast attackers, who got clear of our defenders and put the ball past Max to take Golden Plains to 1-0. A minute later, Golden Plains were into attack again but the hit was wide of the goal.

Spirit had some opportunities, with Amelia tackling well, then passing the ball to Charley and then Sam in attack, but Golden Plains’ defence was impenetrable. Harry attempted a tomma at the top of the D which was defended. Charley, Sam and Nick also saw some action in attack and Will’s pass to Sam enabled Spirit to earn 2 short corners in succession. But we couldn’t get through their strong defence in the D.

Golden Plains again pushed into attack, and while Spirit was able to defend a few hits on goal, Golden Plains drew a short corner and made no mistake to give them a 2-0 lead at half time.

Coach Carl asked for harder running, as Golden Plains were beating us with their speed through the midfield into attack. We were also holding the ball too long, giving Golden Plains the chance to crowd us out in attack.

In the second half, Spirit stepped up and Harry had a hit on goal early which was defended right on the goal line. Spirit sticks tried desperately to get the ball over the line and we received a penalty corner. Will took the corner and passed to Harry who made no mistake with a tomma to give Spirit their first goal. Golden Plains recovered and were again in attack but Harley and Ella did well to push their attackers out to the right and the hit was wide of the goal.

Will and Sam then had entries into the half circle, and a short corner was awarded, but we couldn’t capitalise. The game continued in this back and forth fashion with short corners and great defending on both sides, until Golden Plains were able to get a ball to a fast attack who ran past our defenders and tapped in a goal.

The final score was 1-3.  Spirit now goes into an elimination final against Torquay on Saturday.

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-3

Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 2-0

We are now at the business end of the hockey season.  Unfortunately we had 2 players become unavailable at short notice; luckily we still had one on the bench and plenty of depth in the team.  Before the game, we talked about the importance of not letting Torquay get any easy goals early and that the first goal in a final is very valuable.  We felt that if we got the first goal then Torquay would feel under pressure and cause some of their key players to get a little more desperate.  Both teams played very well in the first half with good movement through the mid-field.  We ticked our box when Corey scored a goal midway thought he first half.  We maintained good control through the remainder of the first half and limited Torquay’s scoring chances to half time.

The second half started similarly to how the first half went – a very tight arm wrestle.  We managed to get another goal through Jamie about 10 minutes into the second half to really put the squeeze on Torquay.  To our dismay, Corey came off injured around about the same time as jamie’s goal.  From that point on, Torquay really started to press and most of the play in the last 15 minutes was in our defensive half.  Matters got worse as a couple of our players got carded.  Fortunately some cool heads prevailed with Erin and Jamie dropping back to help the defenders as Torquay piled on the pressure.    Torquay kept penetrating into our defensive D, but between some great saves by Luka and awesome tackles/clearances from Callum, Byron and Ollie, somehow we managed to keep Torquay scoreless.

It was a fantastic game by Strikers given we had a few of the more experienced players out of the game and the week off will be very beneficial to let a few players recover from injury.  Next stop – the Grand Final!  Well done team.

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 1-0

Our matches with Kardinia throughout the 2017 hockey season had been close encounters with narrow winning margins and this game proved no different. Newtown absorbed significant pressure in the first 10 minutes of the game and were able to weather the storm and eventually start winning possession. Both teams had shots on goal but the goal keepers were equal to the task with the half time score 0:0.

The second half continued in the same fashion with multiple attacks on goal from both teams but excellent work by the fullbacks and goal keepers kept the score at 0:0 at end of the second half. The game then moved into extra time and a golden goal scenario. Kardinia started with possession but Tom was able to intercept the ball in the Kardinia half and pass to Miles who scored the winning goal.

The result puts us into the semi-final against Torquay this weekend coming and we stand every chance of making it through to the grand final, if we can maintain the excellent defensive effort shown against Kardinia. Great work by all, let’s keep the momentum going.

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong Jaguars 4-2

A late game on Saturday meant we had to be on our game. We started off the game at a very fast pace, with some good defence skills from Lachie, Sean, Leo, Pat and Alex, and great keeping by Campbell which kept Geelong at bay.

Some good work from Jimmy, Zed, Niko and Tom P resulted in a goal, 1-0. Then good play from Geelong caught us napping and it was 1-1. A short corner from Falcons which Jimmy scored with a lovely drag flick put us 2-1 up at the break.

Half time chat focused on controlling the pace of the game, and letting the ball do the work. The second half saw great benefit from switching the play and slowing the play, resulting in another goal, 3-1. Geelong came back at pace and caught the defence out to score, 3-2.

There was plenty of calling and passing from the forwards, which earned a short corner and a goal, leaving 4-2 as the final score. Great goalkeeping from Campbell, and without his efforts the game could have finished with Geelong up and Falcons out of the finals race. Falcons will need to work hard this week against Saints to make it to the Grand Final, but we look forward to a great game with a good finish for this hockey season.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 1-2

Falcons approached this game with some optimism given our recent matches against this opposition. However, with some of our regular players unavailable, we were thankful to have Peta and Kellie filling in. The game began well with neither team dominating the possession.  Saints forward moves were met early by Deb, Emma P, Tiahna and Ainsley and turned into attack for Falcons. Deb’s great reach and ball control skills were a pleasure to watch.  Marking of opponents was fairly tight, not allowing Saints any great latitude in attack. A number of Saints shots at goal were well defended and cleared by Falcons. Saints first goal came when a forward managed to elude their marker and a strong shot found the net.

Falcons continued to work hard in the second half, with Georgia and Kellie providing great options for team mates to move the ball out of defence. Peta’s determination and occasional burst of speed helped to create opportunities to attack. Great running by Hailey, Elese and Shannon and good positioning by Amanda got the ball into the circle and there were some narrow misses when the ball went across the face of goal on a number of occasions. Falcons earned 6 or 7 short corners but were not able to capitalise on them. Late in the game, Hailey was able to put a goal on the board and although Falcons continued their great efforts, the game finished with a win to Saints.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Bellarine Storm 4-1

2017 Hockey Season – August 19 & 20

The 2017 hockey season is fast drawing to a close, and this week’s matches showed the determination of players to do their best, with only one round of home and away matches to go.

Kookas

The Kookas game this week was a great display of teamwork and skill from all players. Some great tackles were followed by excellent passing to players running to receive the ball in space. The use of back passes to switch the play worked well for both Team Orange and Team Red, and defenders were able to move the ball quickly into attack. Some lovely goals were scored with players in just the right positions, but there was some equally good defence which prevented a higher score.  The game ended in a draw – a fitting reflection of the efforts of all players.

Under 8

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Rebels

Strikers took on the Rebels team this week. There were some great hits, with the ball travelling long distances despite the wet grass. Strikers struggled to score in the first half, despite their determination to get to the ball first. The players all wanted the ball, but did really well staying in their positions and passing it. All players showed great hockey skills with solid trapping skills, looking for and executing the pass to the player in space.  The girls showed real hunger for the ball with Eliza, Bella and Lucy seeing plenty of the ball.

In the second half Matilda took on the Rebels team despite playing in the backline and managed to score 3 goals. One of these was a brilliant half field run, ball on stick and a goal with a cheeky dance celebration.  Well done. The boys (Sammy and Alex) also saw plenty of the ball in defence, passing it well to the forwards. Alex displayed some great stick skills this week. Bella displayed some solid hockey skills with defensive tacking and some dribbling in the forward line. This saw her win the Subway Encouragement award. Great Job.

Newtown Rebels vs Newtown Strikers

Rebels had a great match this week against Newtown Strikers. Rebels displayed a positive attitude throughout the game and all players were enthusiastic and worked well together. In the first half both teams were evenly matched. There was strong attacking from both sides along with some very effective defending. Rebels moved forward well and showed greatly improved passing skills.

At half-time Colleen praised the team’s efforts and reminded them to keep calling to one another and stay in position. In the second half Rebels started to dominate, displaying great tenacity and always keeping up the attack. All in all Rebels had a fantastic last game of the hockey season. The team has improved so much since the start of the season and we would all like to thank Colleen for being an amazing coach!

Paddy was awarded Subway Player of the Week for most improved player.

Newtown Raiders vs College White

The Newtown Raiders team has shown considerable improvement during this hockey season, and it is very pleasing to see them giving their best efforts each week. Hannah took on the task of defending the goal this week, and did a great job. Her focus on the ball and stick on the ground allowed her to stop and clear a number of College shots at goal. Quick free passes to team mates in space got the ball out of the danger area quickly and effectively. Oliver, Charlotte and Chloe found space away from College opponents to receive passes, and Raiders were able to move forward into attack.

In the second half, Charlotte and Oscar were able to gain possession and run the ball into attack on a number of occasions. Good midfield defence and support for the forwards by Jesse, Lily and Isabelle, prevented their College opponents from dominating the play.  Overall, this was a great game, with Raiders playing well together and showing great teamwork.

Subway Best Team Player Award to Hannah.

Under 10

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong College 6-0

What a great game. …..lots of positives!! Kellie was really proud of the lovely plays we had. The free hits were taken very quickly and we had some great 2nd and 3rd efforts at the ball. We were also passing across the field rather than just down the middle. Also, we were taking our time to see where our team members were and looking out sideways for them too. It was a game that saw us getting to the ball first so this enabled us to show off the skills just mentioned and what we had practised all hockey season.

We marked well and continued this play right through the whole game. Goals were scored by Riley, Oliver and Nate, none of which would have happened without the spectacular team work at the goals. Kellie was super impressed and it was nice to see what we had trained for all season come together beautifully in the second last match. Best Team Player Awards this week went to Scarlett and Bella.

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-5

Another fantastic effort from everyone and a display of how far the team has come in this hockey season. There was a great resilience shown by all, with some players being hit by the ball but staying on the field and continuing to play.

Anna took up the challenge through the centre and blocked the run of Torquay. Thamindu assisted Amelia in goals by stopping Torquay’s attack. Emma and Elliott teamed up together on the wing and put pressure on their players with their tackles. Charlie and Jai covered a lot of the field, pushing the ball forwards and looking for options to pass to. Isla and Eliza made great position and showed determination to get the ball back after any turnovers and would not give up. Eliza May made great decisions with her direct passes. Alex and Ruby put everything on the line including themselves. Isabel kept the ball away from the goals and pushed it out wide.

Best Team Player Awards were given to Isabel and Anna

 Under 12

Newtown Rebels vs Newtown Spirit 5-0

Newtown Rebels put in a strong display this week defeating Newtown Spirit 5-0. Clever switches of play from defence and the consequent fast ball movement made it extremely difficult for Spirit to defend.  It is fantastic to see this part of the Rebels game develop each week.  Well done to Adele who scored a lightning fast goal from a clever cross by Teijai.  Fantastic teamwork!!!

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Rebels 0-5

It was a Newtown Hockey Club derby for Round 13 and Spirit were taking on the very in-form Rebels. With a full team everyone was rearing to go.

Harry stepped into goals for us and did a stellar job despite the seemingly constant attack during the first half. Our players were caught a little off guard by some great stick work and quick play from Rebels! Our defence were having a tricky time of their job and unfortunately Rebels were able to score numerous times. Rebels showed Spirit what it meant to play wide, look for square passes and to spread out.

The second half was a totally different game! After some words from Pete about not standing back and letting Rebels run, the team took to the field a little tentative but willing. It was like a different team had stepped onto the field! Instead of standing back and watching the swiftness of the stick work and the legs, Spirit followed their players and put an enormous amount of pressure onto Rebels, restricting their movements. They never gave up. It was truly wonderful to watch how they all worked together and managed to have the ball in the D numerous times as well as getting a corner or two.

As a result of this determination, Rebels were restricted to one extra goal in the second half. I think Spirit should be very proud of their efforts. It was always going to be a hard match but the team did so very very well and the score did not reflect the game at all. Well done to you all.

Newtown Strikers vs Bellarine Thunder 3-0

Inspiring game Strikers!

Despite the cold weather the sun was shining down beautifully making perfect hockey conditions. From the start of the match you could see the determination on the Strikers faces to win and keep alive their hopes of experiencing a final. In the first half the game was mostly played in the attacking zone giving Bellarine Thunders’ defenders and goalie much work to do, but to their credit they continued to save many near goals. With no score at half time it made for a very exciting second half.

Strikers fought hard to get through the defence and finally found a way with a lovely goal by Gil. Jack followed up with another goal and Rory got the final goal of the game with a lovely pass from Kenna setting up the shot for him.

It was a great team effort to win this match making it difficult to highlight who the best players were. However Kenna had to be rewarded for her great positioning and support during the match. She is becoming a pro at trapping the ball and passing to the best option in her team. Gil is also showing what a great hockey player he is becoming through his hard work and efforts on field and Ruby stuck to her player all match running hard and putting the pressure on at all times.

Special mention also to Archie who played his first game as goalie and did a great job. He had great support from our strong defenders and in the second half managed to save a couple of goals. It was a great game to watch and Strikers look forward to the final game of the hockey season next week with the hope of the finals looming.

Under 14

Newtown Strikers vs Golden Plains 1-3

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 10-2

Kardinia started well and had Spirit’s defence under pressure early, drawing a short corner and holding the ball in attack for the first few minutes. But Spirit then settled and took control of the first half. Goals came from Harry (4), Nick (1) and Charley (1), with a few attempts also from Will and Ella.  There was great assistance from Claudia who continues to give us good run into attack. Grace had a nice steal and penalty free in the D, and Harley had some good passing up forward. Sam executed a blind spin to draw a penalty free.

Coach Cal was happy with the good passes into space, but as always, wanted us to look for a back pass to move the ball around and open up space. He also wanted us to look for space when hitting at goals because many shots were right at the goalie. Coach Darren gave a demonstration of good positioning when confronting an opponent head-on, in order to take the ball on our fore-sticks.

In the second half, Kardinia again started well, which saw our defencers, Amelia, Bailey and Harley using good ball movement to clear from defence. Nick received a nice pass from Harry to score his second goal and take Spirit 7-0 up. Then Kardinia fired up and hit a goal past Max, making the score 7-1. Harry scored a further 3 goals for the half, and Kardinia had another goal but multiple hits were required due to Max’s fantastic defending and a diving save.

Everyone contributed well across the pitch and we had many options in the half-circle. We are looking forward to our encounter next week against Golden Plains, which is sure to be a fantastic contest.

Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 5-0

We came up against the second team on the ladder this weekend (Torquay); a team that beat us earlier in the year.  Fortunately we had a goalie this week and also had the pleasure of Sam R and Ollie S filling in for us, giving us two players on the bench.  The first half was a tight tussle with both teams working the ball back and forth with good precision.  Torquay had trouble penetrating our defences with Ollie R once again proving that a strong defence will win the big games.  Corey and Jonah did a great job at nullifying the key Torquay forwards, and together with great tagging from Rachael and Sam R, Torquay really struggled to break our defences.  We managed to score a goal through Erin in the first half and went into the half time break with a 1-0 lead.

Unfortunately for Torquay, a key player of theirs become injured late in the first half and reduced them to 10 players for the second half.  As Torquay tired they struggled to keep up with our pace and we created some great passages of play in the second half.  It was clear that some of the Torquay players were getting frustrated. Our team should be highly commended for their high work rate, especially midfielders Angus and Jamie who created some great opportunities for their team mates to score goals.

There were a number of very memorable goals in the second half, including a 40 yard toss from Jonah in defence to Tom on the run just outside the offensive D, which rewarded their combined efforts with a well deserved goal.  Our special guest Harry put on a show scoring two goals including a rarely seen lollipop toma which even had some of the Geelong Rep players on the sidelines envious.  Sam also delivered again, scoring a goal in every match for 4 weeks now, edging himself into the top 10 goal scorers in the competition – not bad for a new comer.

Finals start soon and we are hitting our stride nicely.  However we have to keep working hard because the other teams have us on their radar and would love to beat us.

Newtown Spirit Bye

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 1-15

It was a lovely day to play hockey, but with only 9 players, this was a very tough game for Falcons against the top team. Thanks to Adam P for filling in.

The score was not a reflection of the effort or the play in the game. Falcons had many chances to score but could not convert in front of goals. Players received encouragement to mark their players closely, but the difficulty of marking 3 players at once was noted.  Score at half time was 0-7, despite some great play by Falcons.

The second half saw no let up in the efforts of the Falcons players to keep Torquay out of attack. Falcons earned a short corner, which resulted in Jimmy scoring the first goal for the team – 1-9. Torquay kept the pressure on and Falcons responded with attacking pressure of their own, but still could not convert. Congratulations to the team on an amazing effort, regardless of what the scoreboard showed.

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong Jaguars 1-8

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Saints Black 8-1

This game saw Falcons on the attack from the start and an early goal provided the confidence and impetus for a great possession game, with Falcons dominating the play. Great running to space and great passing to team mates was matched by improved reception of the ball, allowing Falcons to string multiple passes together. When the ball did head toward the Falcons defensive area, it was cut off without trouble by Emma P, Ainsley, Deb and Bec. With Hailey, Nicole and Georgia doing some great running, and lovely passes in front of goal, Falcons were well in control, and the score at half time was 6-1.

The second half saw the scoring slow a bit but there was no letup in the pace and precision of the Falcons game. At one point, a six-pass sequence saw the ball move from deep defence to the attacking circle, earning a short corner and nearly a goal. Kate’s presence was missed after an injury in the first half kept her off the field. Saints earned their first attacking short corner for the game in this half, but the defence held up with Jacquie, Bec and Emma H covering any Saints attacks well. They pushed the play forward to attack where Jess and Amanda created opportunities by running back to receive the ball and then passed forward to players running to space. A fantastic game by all.

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 0-4

A fantastic game by Strikers against the second placed team, Torquay.  Strikers began the game well, and withstood the many shots at goal by Torquay. Deb again proved extremely valuable as a keeper, with great support from Ainsley, Kylie, Meg and Penny. Not only did Strikers prevent Torquay from scoring until about 20 minutes into the first half, but good teamwork and passing created a number of forward moves for Strikers.  Julie and Erin ran hard all game to confront the opposition and make space. Great midfield positioning and chasing by Elese converted many Torquay attacks into turnovers, with the play moving to Strikers’ advantage, and Bec and Emma A were in position to help the ball forward.

Despite having no interchange, Strikers continued to work hard in the second half, withstanding the Torquay pressure in defence and creating attacking play of their own. An excellent effort by all.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Bellarine Storm 2-1

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 3-4

This was a fantastic game from Newtown Spirit, with great teamwork proving a very pleasing feature of the game. Playing the game with 10 players and no goalkeeper added some extra pressure for the defence. However steady play and great positioning by Meg and Hill got in the way of the Golden Plains advance on many occasions. Great midfield play by Jacinta, Andie and Tracey saw them cut off many forward moves by Golden Plains and they dropped back to support the defence on many occasions. Jacinta saved at least 2 goals on the goal line, with stick on the ground and clearances to the sidelines.

Golden Plains were able to capitalise on the lack of a goalkeeper, but this didn’t stop the Spirit defence from creating some attacks of our own.  Quick free passes to space and great one-two passing combinations saw many forward moves, with Peta, Penny and Kellie working well together. Katelyn and Beth put pressure on the ball carrier, winning the ball for Spirit on many occasions, and contininuing on to the attacking circle. Great efforts from everyone to pressure the opposition whenever they had the ball, with Kellie, Katelyn and Peta running hard to gain an advantage for Spirit. When Spirit gained possession, the effort to look and ensure an effective pass to a team mate was an important aspect of this great game. Overall, despite the loss, this was a game which all players felt very pleased with.

 

2017 Hockey Season – August 12 & 13

There were some great matches in this round, with only 2 weeks to go before the finals of the 2017 hockey season.

Kookas

Another fantastic game of hockey this week which shows how much these players have improved during this season. Lennie showed great concentration and was keen to get in and get the ball before the opposition. Charlie was everywhere, using speed and good ball control to advance the play for his team. Tom made some great moves to get to the ball, and some great position to receive the pass from team mates. Emily, Ebony and Braydn were always ready to block opposition moves and used good strategies to send the ball into attack for their teams.

Under 8

Newtown Rebels vs College White

Rebels had another fantastic match this week, playing extremely well against Geelong College White. Rebels displayed a positive attitude throughout the game and all players were enthusiastic and worked well together.

In the first half Rebels got off to a strong start, moving forward and passing well to one another. College White tended to stay close together in the middle of the field and Rebels took advantage of this by staying in position and passing out wide to make use of the space. The team showed great tenacity, always trying to get the ball and move it forward. At half-time Colleen praised the team’s efforts, particularly their calling to each other and their positioning.

In the second half Rebels continued to dominate although they also had to defend against some strong attacks from College White. All in all, however, Rebels were the stronger team and once again showed great improvement and excellent team work.

Tommy was awarded Subway Player of the Week for most improved player, for responding well to directions from the coach along with his strong attacking skills.

Newtown Raiders vs Torquay

Well done to everybody on another great game. It was great to see some awesome passing between team members this week.

Oliver did a fabulous job as our centre and did lots of running . He was well supported by Chloe, Lilly and Jesse on the wings. Isabelle did a great job in defence, stopping lots of attempts a goal. Both Charlie and Hannah demonstrated great dribbling skills , passing out wide.

Well Done to Isabelle for being awarded Best Team Player

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers

Spirit players showcased their growing skills in defence and attack in a friendly encounter against stablemate Strikers in Under-8 competition at Lloyd Reserve at the weekend. While Strikers sprang into attack from the start of play, Spirit worked hard to block and stop their opposition’s forward march. Winger Juliette put herself in the right position time and again to not only hinder Strikers’ run with the ball, but reclaim the attack for her team.

The halfback line of Michael, Summah and Pollyanna stood strong too. With play concentrated in Strikers’ attacking zone, the trio had plenty of action repelling the ball away from the goals. Fullback Baxter performed to his usual high standard and was called on frequently to clear the ball.

At half time Coach Kellie said there were plenty of good things happening on the field including positioning. She urged them to prepare quickly for free hits and use loud voices. The coach also instructed them to look for their teammates before hitting the ball in order to make good decisions leading to linked play. And she set them a task of directing the ball sideways and then down the line.

After the break and a position reshuffle, wings Michael and Avah and centre halfback Baxter pushed their team into attack with vigour, combining beautifully to score. Minutes later Michael was back in the action, creating a solo run right up the field, sneaking his way skilfully around a defender to add to the tally. But Strikers didn’t give up for a second. They regrouped, regained their forward momentum and put serious pressure on Spirit’s defence. Fullback Pollyanna stopped a couple of strong shots on goal, sending the ball out to her teammates waiting in support.

Avah made some great decisions with her play, working out her positioning beautifully to take advantage of some lovely through balls by Baxter. Juliette followed suit, getting her stick to the ball cleanly and moving into attack. Pocket rocket Summah didn’t stand back for a second either, tackling the opposition with enthusiasm and winning frees, while Drew contributed strongly on the half back line.

Strikers, who showed impressive skills throughout the game, goaled in both halves and gave Spirit a great work out on the field. Well done to both teams for an entertaining match. After the final whistle Coach Kellie praised Spirit for their balanced game, great decisions and positioning. She applauded them for creating more space by shooting the ball down the sidelines.

Avah and Juliette received Spirit’s Best Team Player awards for the match for their strong play including taking that extra second to look up so they could seek the best passing option to their teammates. Well done girls.

Under 10

Newtown Strikers vs Geelong College 1-1

Another great game from strikers working together as a team. Congratulations to Ruby for scoring a goal in the first half. Isla, Jai and Charlie worked great together through the centre field.  Charlie stopped the run of play from college with his tackles. Eliza May never gave up during play. Alex created turnovers by looking for the players feet and then taking the penalty quickly. Great work from Amber playing down the line and following on. Elliott made a huge pass from the side line and also stopped the College momentum. Amelia stopped the pass in from the short corner. Thamindu played a fantastic defensive role backing up Emma in the goals. Brandon and Anna had a rotating role during the game and made good decisions with their passes. Isabel practiced her defensive role with reaching in to stop play. Best Team Player awards went to Ruby and Alex.

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 1-3

Under 12

Newtown Rebels vs Geelong College 14-0

Newtown Rebels put in their strongest performance of the year, defeating Geelong College 14-0.  Throughout the year, AJ has been working hard to improve the team’s ball movement.  There were several outstanding switches of play making it difficult for College to defend and allowing the Rebels forwards to penetrate the goals on several occasions.  It was a great team effort.

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 3-2

Round 12 saw Spirit come up against Torquay. Lachie stepped into goals for us again this week and did an exceptional job, stopping quite a number of balls that would have been certain goals.

It was a game filled with drama and excitement. Firstly we had Oliver receive a deflected ball directly into his face. Everyone thought the worst but when we checked him out there was no blood and his glasses had taken the full impact of the ball without so much as a scratch!  Our second piece of drama was when Mia tripped and fell backwards hard onto her head. She was determined not to come off and played on. She did have a small break as her head was sore but the break wasn’t long and she was back on scoring one of the 3 goals!

Our other 2 goals came from the other 2 ‘veterans’ of the game Maggie and Angus. Angus, Mia and Maggie have been playing together since they were 8 and it’s been great to see them grow and develop over the years and I hope they continue to enjoy the game in the years to come.

These 3 goals were created by some brilliant team work from the rest of the team. Harry playing his 25 th game had a great passage of play that saw a well placed ball up to Angus. Matilda as always played her position really well and had some great play down the wing. Daniel also playing his 25 th had a great game and blocked the ball well to keep it up our attacking end. India seemed to find speed that we were unaware of which resulted in balls being kept in our attacking half. Liam and Mitchell were consistently solid throughout the entire game with some wonderful stick work. Once again Edie has I think cemented herself as a defender. She is so comfortable there and is so solid.

Well done everyone on a great game.

Newtown Strikers vs Bellarine Lightning 1-1

Awesome game Strikers!

It was another very windy day making conditions very difficult out on the hockey field and in the dugout! The kids played a tough first half against a very in form Bellarine Lightning team who managed to put a score on the board working their way through our strong defence.

In the second half we enjoyed watching one of the best plays of the season with Alice passing onto Gil who was in perfect position to slam it in to goal. Gil had a perfect match playing like a pro and constantly being where he needed to be. His goal was the icing on the cake and well deserved for his fantastic effort all game. Needless to say he was best on field.

Coming a close second was Kenna who was an awesome goalie yet again saving many close calls. Alice was also a standout on field working hard all game. It was lovely to see the drills being practised in training being utilised on the field. I think I saw a tear in coaches eye!

Under 14

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 6-1

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong Jaguars 10-0

Newtown Spirit had Geelong Jaguars under pressure from the very start of their match on Sunday, and Harry, Ella and Will took advantage with early goals. Nice passing from Will and then Sam, saw Nick have a chance at goal but his hit was just wide.

Geelong Jaguars had a few forward pushes, but Newtown always had numbers to the ball. Angus made some good switches across the back, Riley, Harley and Bailey defended well and Grace and Claudia took the ball well forward on a number of occasions. Charley also had the ball up forward and hit a nice ball across goal, and Harry gave some good scoring opportunities to Nick and Grace in the D, with some great passes.

By half time, the score was 7-nil with goals to Ella (1), Harry (3) and Will (3).

At half time, Coach Carl said he wanted to see early passes, and switches going back and around, as we had a few backwards passes that were returned straight back to the same player. Assistant Coach Darren told the team to keep their position, to beat their opponent and then pass the ball, and called for the wings to take the ball out wide. In the second half, Newtown continued to control play but Geelong did threaten at times. Goalkeeper Amelia received a huge cheer from the crowd when she saved a Geelong hit at goal. But with a goal each to Angus, Harry and Will, the game ended with a 10-nil win to Newtown.

Under 17

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 8-0

Newtown were quick to advance into opposition territory and were awarded a short corner in the first few minutes. Thursday night training drills paid off handsomely when Tom trapped at the top of the D and Jemma scored with a superb strike and her first goal – hooray!!  Once the excitement had abated, Newtown were back into attacking mode with a second goal to Jack, who capitalised on some confusion around the Golden Plains goal. Golden Plains were unsuccessful at a short corner and a Newtown counterattack by Tom and Miles resulted in a third goal to Jack. Two further goals to Miles and Tom courtesy of a long range through ball and short corner respectively, left the half time score at 5:0 to Newtown.

The half time oranges for both teams clearly weren’t very juicy as the second half started at a snail’s pace compared with the first half. As the half progressed Newtown began probing down the right wing and were eventually rewarded with a spectacular top of the net goal to Oliver.  The right side was being favoured and yielded two further goals to Miles and another first goal to Brianna, who had been patiently waiting on the left post for her moment of glory – another hooray!!

A superb defensive effort as well from the backs and diving goal keeper who managed to keep a clean slate – great to see such commitment leading into the finals.  The willingness to share the ball around and pass to team members in favourable positions was highlighted by the six different goal scorers for the game – well played to all.

Newtown Strikers Bye

Division 1 Men

Newtown Falcons vs Newtown Strikers 5-1

A very warm day and great for hockey but both teams started with only 10 players. Thanks to Ian for filling in for Falcons. Strikers caught Falcons asleep early in the game and they scored first, score 0-1. With less players in both teams, the strategy was to move players around to different positions, and it worked well, also giving players a chance for a rest without leaving the field.

Falcons’ first goal was scored after a pass from defence to Jimmy out wide across the D, on to Zed, to Adham and to Hamish who goaled – 1-1.  The next goal came from a short corner, converted by Jimmy. Score at the half time break was 2-1.

A quick chat and a focus on slowing the play, and changing the play to go back before going forward saw the second half begin well. The warm weather meant drinks for all were a necessity, including the pitch. The players began to move the ball a lot better. An open play goal came from a ball from Lachie in deep defence with a 4 pass sequence – to Jimmy, Zed, Tom P and finishing with Adham who put the ball high in the net. Score 3-1.

The defence began to move forward with plenty of passing back and switching to the opposite side. Another great sequence of passes saw Zed pass to Jimmy, on to Adham and Nik behind the goalie pushed the ball in for Falcons 4th goal, score 4-1. The final goal came from a quick push from defence to Zed, and then on to Jimmy, Hamish, Adham and finished off by Tom P. Score 5-1.

Strikers at times had Falcons flat footed, and on many occasions Will H was the saviour in goals, defending many shots on goal and saving many one-on-one contests – a fantastic effort by him which kept the score down. This was a great effort from Falcons and an impressive effort by Strikers, with the game played in good spirits.

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Falcons 1-5

In a week short of players both teams started with only 9 on the field which meant that fitness would become a key factor in the game.

To the Strikers’ credit, the scores were tied 1 all at the end of the first half, with both teams making a number of attacking plays.  Unfortunately, as the second half progressed, Falcons were able to overload our defence resulting in 4 goals being scored.

Talking to a number of people watching after the game they commented on how competitive the game was and were impressed at how long Strikers were able to match the Falcons in the first half.

With only two weeks to go and playing against some of the lower ranked teams, if we can continue to play like we did today it would be a nice way to round out the season.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Torquay 0-3

Newtown Strikers Bye

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 0-5

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Saints Red 1-6

A great game by Spirit, with a never say die attitude by all players. Saints attacked early and Eichelle was under pressure in goals, so inevitably some had to go in. The defence team continue to improve each week, and Hill, Tracey and Wendy intercepted many attacks and made Saints work hard for the ball. Penny, Jacinta and Andie pushed forward to meet the ball higher up the field and gained possession on many occasions, to feed the ball through to the forward line.

Despite her sore knee, Phoebe ran hard all game and was everywhere, always ready to put pressure on the ball carrier. Peta’s persistence saw her win the ball on many occasions and strong passes to the attacking circle and good running by De and Kirsty gave us some hope. Some lovely passages of play between Penny and Kellie moved the ball along the space on the wing and into attack. The benefit of keeping your stick down was proven when Kirsty got a lucky touch and deflected a straight ball from outside the circle into goal. Despite Saints scoring plenty in the first half, the second half was a 1-1 affair. Well done Spirit.

 

2017 Hockey Season – August 5 & 6

2017 has been a memorable hockey season so far, with the Club celebrating its 40th Anniversary and continuing to grow in strength. With only a few weeks to go before the finals, we may have lots more to celebrate if this week’s games are anything to go by.

Kookas

With the return of Charlie and Emily this week, the game was played at a fast pace and with some great skills on display. Emily’s reverse stick trap was again on show, allowing her to quickly pass to team mates in good position. Braydn as always is keen to get to the ball first and to create space in front of goal, and with some great passing to and from his team mates, there was some fantastic hockey played. Justine continues to show great skills and understanding of the game, despite having played only a few games. Lennie’s passing is good, with some lovely co-operation with those close to him.

Under 8

Newtown Rebels vs Newtown Spirit

Rebels had another fantastic match this week, playing extremely well against Newtown Spirit. Both teams kept their positions well throughout the game and everyone contributed well, making it a great game to watch! In the first half Rebels got off to a strong start, moving forward well and dominating the opposition. The team was relentless in their pursuit of the ball and showed amazing persistance, never giving up when Spirit had the ball.

At half-time Colleen praised the team’s efforts, particularly their positioning and excellent team work. In the second half, Rebels continued to move forward but also had to fight off some strong attacks from the Spirit team. Despite this, Rebels remained the dominant team in the game. All in all, Rebels again displayed excellent team work and they keep improving and gaining confidence with each game played.

Aiden was awarded Subway Player of the Week for most improved player, particularly his strong attacking skills.

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Rebels

Spirit battled valiantly against an attacking Rebels outfit in the latest round of Under-8 competition at Lloyd Reserve on Saturday. Spirit had to lock down its defence against the talented opposition right from the starting whistle, with full back Michael capably and calmly repelling many hits on goals. Juliette positioned herself well out wide on the wing and used her stick effectively to block Rebels’ forward runs while Drew and Braydn were also determined in defence. Baxter, who managed to control the ball beautifully, was a workhorse in shutting down the fast-moving opposition. Michael took some great free hits including a powerful one to centre forward Pollyanna, who trapped it cleanly before setting off into attack. Neve, on loan from Rebels to even up player numbers, was a welcome addition to Spirit and added strength to the team across right half.

At half time Coach Kellie praised the Spirit players for their great work under pressure, applauding their marking and second efforts. She urged them to use their ‘’clock face’’ positioning to give Michael more options when taking free hits deep in defence. She also called on them get back and defend again if the ball got past them. Spirit sprang into action in the second half, enjoying more of the attack than they had in their opening stanza and putting pressure on their opposition’s backline. But Rebels were keen to add further to their goal tally and kept on battling. Spirit centre half back Drew stood strong and Baxter and Michael worked hard to keep the ball clear. All Spirit players dug deep, keeping their sticks down, putting in second and third efforts and marking opposition players despite Rebel success in goaling again.

After the game Coach Kellie applauded her players for their work ethic, marking and determination to control the ball. She also paid tribute to strong decision making by Spirit players in free-hit taking and positioning. Baxter received the Subway Best Team Player award for a fantastic two halves, characterised by smart decisions, slick skills, strategic play and a never-say-die attitude. Well done Baxter on a great match and thanks Neve for filling in for Spirit.

Newtown Strikers vs College Green

Strikers this week took on a large College team. The first half saw great passing out wide and calling for the ball. All players had many touches of the ball with it being moved around well. Stella once again was great in defence stealing many balls from the opposition. Strikers this week were hungry for the ball and in search of goals. Unfortunately just could not get them through the cones.

In the second half, Strikers held their positions, which meant plenty of passing opportunities, enabling passing from wing to wing. The boys (Alex, Sam and Will) attacked strongly, with the only Strikers’ goal coming from Matilda who ran onto a great pass from Alex from the wing, it was so quick and smooth the College goalie didn’t even see the ball. Great hockey. Stella finished off the game in goals fending off several goal attempts and Bella and Lucinda handling plenty of the ball in the centre and wing areas.  Unfortunately Alex left the field after a hit to the hands.

It was a great game to watch this week from the side lines with great passing and holding positions, which made passing the ball to players in space very easy. Matilda received the Subway Encouragement award for hungry attacking and scoring a goal. Well Done.

Newtown Raiders vs Kardinia Kookaburras

A great game by Raiders this week some good examples of focus on the ball proving its benefits. Jesse gained possession with his stick on the ground on a number of occasions and continued to move the ball forward to his team’s advantage. Hannah and Issy were everywhere, and good strong passes by Oscar and Hannah allowed Oliver and his team mates to take the ball into attack. Chloe and Lily provided great support in midfield and thoughtful disposal to Raiders players. Great work by Lily in defending the goal in the second half, even though she wasn’t feeling well. Subway Best Team Player award to Jesse.

Under 10

Newtown Strikers vs Golden Plains 0-0

Thank you firstly to Seb for volunteering to help Strikers.

Saturday saw great play from everyone and quite a few attempts on goals and lots of short corners for our team to attempt to score goals. Great play from Jai and Charlie running down the field and making strong passes to open up the play. Amelia and Eliza May made good decisions passing out wide to each other. Eliza consistently stopped the run from Golden Plains with her tackles. There was great persistence from everyone in front of goals, creating goal scoring opportunities. The team also spread out in front of the opposition goals to defend. Seb showed some great stick skills throughout the game. Emma had great calling from the wings and knew when to move in closer to gain the ball. Ruby made great decisions when under pressure and Alex kept the game moving by taking quick penalty shots. Amber in goals successfully stopped all the short corners by Golden Plains. Well done team, you have all come so far this season as we had previously lost 0-5 to this team.

Best Team Player awards were presented to Jai, Charlie and Amber.

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay Tornadoes 0-2

This week we had Lucy as our Captain and  Hamish (on his birthday) as the Goalie, again! The game saw us needing to take the ball out wide, and not through the middle, constantly mark our players and have a good go at getting to the ball first. Kellie did identify that there were times when the Torquay players were unsure where to hit, because we had our opposition marked so well. We were also doing well at taking our “frees” quickly which meant the opposition were not in the position they needed to be in, and we then we had a much better play at the ball. We needed to work on big sweeps and starting to move ourselves on an angle not directly into “Jakarta”.

Kellie gave Best Team Player awards to Hana for always being in a position “ready to go” and to Grace for a great game all round.

Under 12

Newtown Strikers vs Torquay 2-0

Great game Strikers!

The weather conditions were near perfect for playing hockey with only a slightly icy wind, but lovely blue skies and sunshine. The kids enjoyed the game and the parents enjoyed watching with lots of encouragement and positive feedback being given. Jack scored in the first half and Ruby scored her first goal of the season midway through the second half with a lovely pass by Tom. Kenna did a great job as goalie for the first time. With our back line on fire in defense they gave her great support.

Congratulations to Torquay who played a great game and were very competitive with an undermanned side. Cameron worked hard all game earning him a well deserved best on field with Jack and Archie also playing an outstanding game.

Newtown Rebels vs Bellarine Lightning 4-1

Rebels  started strongly against Bellarine Lightning with 3 first half goals to nil.  Sharp passing in the ‘D’ kept Lightning under tremendous pressure.  Despite Lightning not having a goalie, their excellent defence made Rebels work hard for each goal.

The second half saw Lightning score an early goal, but Rebels kept their composure to score a fourth goal. Rebels finished the game winning 4-1.  Hoalscorers for the Rebels were Kiah, Pat, Lachlan and Isobel.  It was an all-round great team effort.

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong College 5-2

Spirit had a full team and a bench until half time when Oli had to leave us. Mitchell took to the goals with great enthusiasm and as it turned out with great skill!. It was a wonderful game by all the Spirit players. Some wonderful passages of play saw us score comfortably which lifted the spirits greatly. Positions were held well and the ball was kept out of the middle for the most part of the game.

The most thrilling part of the game came when Daniel found himself in the perfect position to score a goal. The whole team were just so excited for him and there were hugs and high 5’s all around.
Maggie, Mia and Matilda had a fabulous triangle going through the game and used each other really well. Gus was solid in full back although Pete did tell him to play high. He played so high he scored twice….! Edie cemented herself as a very competent full back with not much getting past her the entire game and once again India was unlucky not to score. Harry had a great game with some great runs with the ball which pushed the team forward. Lachie also had a great game and moves confidently into different positions. Well done everyone on a great 5-2 win.

Under 14

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 2-1

Spirit hosted Strikers in a Newtown derby for Round 11, and with the players on both teams sharing some good friendships, it was fitting for the game to be held during the “Fair Go Sport” round.

The game was off to a fast start, with some nice passing from Jamie enabling Harry to reach the top of the D, but his reverse-stick hit on goal was deflected by Strikers’ goalkeeper Gus. Spirit then drew a short corner but Strikers’ defence cleared the ball. Strikers then took the ball into attack and Ben dribbled quickly past Spirit’s defenders and Lotte was in perfect position to get the ball past Max to take Strikers to a 1-nil lead.

Strikers had the momentum and another push forward reached the D but Spirit was able to hit it clear and then take the ball into attack, through a nice pass from Riley up to Will. Unfortunately, Will’s reverse-stick hit at goal was wide. A mix-up in defence nearly resulted in Ben scoring another goal for Strikers, but Spirit’s goalkeeper Max defended well. And on the opposite side of the field, Gus also defended well to keep Jamie’s reverse-stick hit from scoring. Spirit kept the pressure on Strikers with some excellent tackling from Harley, and we saw great passing under pressure from Riley, Claudia and Harley to close out the half.

At half-time, Coach Carl asked for more passing in the attacking 25 metres and tighter defence through the centre corridor. In the second half, Spirit took the coach’s advice and passed the ball more in the attacking 25, with Harry crossing to Grace on the post. Although Grace’s hit was saved by Gus, Jamie was there to take the rebounded ball and switch to his left side to put the ball through and level scores at 1-all. A second push forward had Jamie lifting the ball at goal but Gus deflected the ball away. Grace was in great position on post a few times soon after, and with some great passes from Harry, Jamie and Will, she was unlucky not to have scored on more than one occasion.

It wasn’t all Spirit’s way though, with Strikers taking the ball into attack, but Amelia, Angus and Bailey had some nice clearing hits out of defence. With 5 minutes to go, Charley and Grace did some great work up forward to draw a penalty corner for Spirit, and after the corner, Spirit locked the ball up forward enabling Jamie to hit a nice goal from the top of the D, to take Spirit to a 2-1 lead. Soon after, Spirit got the ball forward to Charley, giving her a one-on-one contest with Gus but her hit struck the goal upright and bounced away.

The final score was 2-1 to Spirit. The Newtown teams brought out the best in each other and it was a really entertaining game for the crowd. Congratulations to Jamie from Spirit, who received the “Fair Go Sport” player of the game award.

Under 17

Newtown Strikers vs Golden Plains 5-1

There was a cold icy wind blowing at the start of the game so it was no surprise to see lots of Strikers leading for the ball (or were they just trying to keep warm?).  Whatever the reason, it doesn’t really matter because there was plenty or hard running on show.

It was another great game in defence.  Corey, Ollie and Rachael V combined very well once again without a goalie to make sure that Golden Plains couldn’t get the ball into our defensive 25m area which they did superbly; only letting the ball through once in the entire game and that was in the first 5 minutes of the game.  They were very well supported by Rachel S and Declan who seems to have found a new strength as a half back reading the play and dropping to fill gaps in defence.

Meanwhile, the midfield led by Callum kept driving the ball into our offensive zone.  Scoring was not easy because our forward D was always congested.  However we managed to get 5 goals on the board, with some great set ups from Tom, Jonah and Erin.  There was a good spread of goal scorers (including a 3rd goal from Sam in 3 weeks) which shows that we’re not too dependent on any individual.  In fact the Golden Plains coach complemented us after the game on our constant passing and 1-2’s which he very much envied.

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 0-1

Division 1 Men

Newtown Strikers vs Saints Black 0-6

Another competitive game from the Strikers and as usual the final score line doesn’t do justice to the way that we played.  Throughout the game we were able to clear our defensive line well, giving us a number of opportunities to push up the field and have some opportunities on goal.  There were some gutsy efforts from Hudson playing most of the second half after taking a hit to the knee and Jimmy was on the wrong end of a deflected ball into his nose (luckily no stitches required, just some magic glue). With 3 games left in the season, versus Falcons, Geelong and then Torquay Tornadoes, it will provide us with a great chance to gauge how much we’ve improved this season and hopefully put some goals in the back of the net.

Newtown Falcons vs Geelong Jaguars 2-2

Falcons were once again at a disadvantage with limited player numbers, and thanks to Beau, were able to get 11 players on the field. The game started without a full team, but as players took the pitch, the game settled. This was a great game by both teams, with plenty of ‘Ooh, ah’ moments for the spectators. There was plenty of calling, switching and passing, but both defences played strongly against the pressure applied by the opposition attackers. Hamish scored the first goal for Falcons from open play with the ball crossing from right to left and back again. The score at half time was 1-2.

A quick chat at half time and advice to slow down and hold the ball until support players were in position before passing was effective. Falcons followed this advice time and again, creating plenty of attack and a number of short corners. Falcons tried a variety of moves on the short corners and one of these proved successful, with Zed scoring to tie the game at 2-2. This was a fantastic effort by the Falcons defence and attack combinations, leaving the coach very happy with the efforts of the team.

Division 1 Women

Newtown Falcons vs Newtown Strikers 2-0

A very enjoyable match between these two Club teams. Falcons began well with some excellent running up forward by Nicole and Hailey and close support from team mates allowed them to pick up rebounds and intercept misdirected passes. Emma P and Ainsley pushed up high and pounced on any loose balls, denying Strikers the chance to score. Midfield play by Deb, Shannon and Bec showed control and good vision to send the ball back into attack for Falcons. Great play by Eichelle in goals for Strikers prevented Falcons from capitalising on chances earned from quick play, and she was well supported by Hannah, Meg and Penny.

The second half saw Strikers continue to work hard, and advance the play to the circle on a number of occasions. Elese, Julie, Erin and Dom created pressure for the Falcons defence but calm controlled play was the order of the day. Claire, in her 700th game for Newtown, was in position in goals for Falcons if needed.

Division 2 Men

Newtown Spirit vs Golden Plains 3-4

Division 2 Women

Newtown Spirit vs Torquay 0-3

 An excellent game by Spirit against a fast and strong opposition. Confident defence by Eichelle, Tracey and Hill prevented many more goals, and with Andie, Jacinta and Beth taking proactive positions in midfield, Torquay were not able to totally dominate the game. Excellent work by Phoebe, Katelyn and Kellie created links between defence and attack, and passing the ball forward saw Katie and Deanne working hard to lead to space and put pressure on the Torquay defence. There were a number of attempts by Spirit to score, unfortunately without result. Overall, this was a great game by Spirit, who with the benefit of a full team have improved in recent weeks.